Category: animals

Dolphins and whales can die from being crushed under their own weight if on land. Without water to support their size, they can end up crushing their own organs.

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The deadliest animal in Australia is the horse followed by cows and dogs. Furthermore, on average, snakes only cause about one or two deaths a year, and there has only been one spider-caused fatality in the last 40 years.

There was a global search to find a mate for Jeremy, a rare, left-coiling snail. Because his shell coiled counterclockwise, the opposite direction of typical snails, his sex organs could not align with others. Two candidates were found, but they proceeded to mate with each other instead of Jeremy.

Currently, India is the only country on Earth confirmed to have both lions and tigers in its wilderness.

Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers; according to new research.

A Honey Badger in a South African wildlife center escaped his enclosure twice to fight the lions in the exhibit beside his, built towers out of rocks and sticks to climb over his wall, and when introduced with a mate, stood on her head to unlock the gate and get out once again.

‘Werewolf’ cats exist…And you can own one. Meet Lykoi

Lykoi have a naturally occurring mutation of the domestic short-hair cat, meaning that they originated in wild cat populations. They’re born with a full coat of hair like most cats, but lose some as they grow older, giving them that patchy, werewolf-like hair pattern.

A squirrel monkey named Miss Baker was one of the first animals to be launched into space by the United States and recovered alive. She lived to the age of 27, becoming the longest living squirrel monkey, and her tombstone often has a banana or two on top of it.

Ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals so that they will open the carcass making the scraps more accessible to them.

Germany’s Werner Freund was once the alpha male of a real wolf pack. He spent decades walking freely among his sanctuary of 29 wild wolves, which all viewed him as their leader. His goal was to rid people of their negative views of the animal, because he felt ‘you are more likely to die from meeting a werewolf than a real one.’